Re: You know what really irks me about "Insurrection"?
Prime Kirk only faced demotion in ST Four, after violoating orders. Never for breaching the prime directive, which according to Voyager he was on record doing many times.
Well, the demotion was a both a way of disciplining Kirk for disobeying a direct order from the Starfleet Commander while rewarding him for saving Earth, a unusual situation that merited an equally unusual solution.
"Many things seem clever to an imbecile." --Captain Thelin th'Valrass, USS Enterprise-- "The Chimes at Midnight"